INTRO
MAXIMA OF THE NETHERLANDS
MARY OF DENMARK
MATHILDE OF BELGIUM
LETIZIA OF SPAIN
METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY
OTHER ROYAL GEMS
PHOTO GALLERY
LETIZIA OF SPAIN
Due date: November 2005
From the day Crown Prince Felipe of Spain wed former newsreader Letizia Ortiz on a rainy morning in spring, royal watchers on the peninsula have been waiting for the day that hoped-for announcement would come.

And in early May 2005, just two weeks short of the royal couple's first anniversary, the big news was finally made public the crown prince and princess were expecting their first child. In a statement, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia expressed their "great happiness" at the prospect of welcoming their seventh grandchild that November.

As the people of Spain looked forward to the birth, the country's constitution which dictates the child would have to be a boy to become second in line after his father began to be re-examined. And it is expected the law will be amended so that the crown prince's eldest child would accede the throne regardless of gender.

Such a change would mean that Felipe, who is younger than his sisters, Infanta Cristina and Infanta Elena, would be the last Spanish royal to become monarch under a male-dominated system of succession.

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